Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings: History, Rankings and Trends

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Dec 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) celebrates his touchdown against the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Week 2 is upon us Bears fans!  The time to bask in the glow of the Week 1 win over the Bengals is over and it’s time to get ready for the next opponent, the division rival Minnesota Vikings.  Here are some handy rankings and stats to help get you prepped for the big divisional Week 2 matchup:

The Vikings come into Soldier Field leading the all-time series 53-49-2, having split with the Bears in 2012.  The home team has won 18 of the last 22 matchups dating back to 2002, so if you want to follow a trend, pick the home team.

The longest winning streak for the Bears has been 6 games, accomplished twice from 1983-1986 and more recently from 2009-2012.  The Vikings rattled off an 8-game win streak from 1972-1976.

In the long and storied history of this matchup, it’s amazing that the average points are so close – 19.6 for the Bears to 20.9 for the Vikings.  The most combined points between the two teams came during a heyday for their defenses in a 48-41 Bears victory back in 2008.